KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest http://www.kplu.org en Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends http://www.kplu.org/post/federal-health-exchange-stays-busy-after-open-enrollment-ends For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using HealthCare.gov by April 19.<p>But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:49:47 +0000 Charles Ornstein 17858 at http://www.kplu.org Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement http://www.kplu.org/post/aclu-takes-case-idaho-teen-solitary-confinement <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160029593&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5;">In north Idaho, a 15-year-old boy sits in an isolated jail cell awaiting trial for murder. </span>Eldon<span style="font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5;"> Samuel III is accused of shooting to death his father and younger brother in March</span></p><p>Juveniles accused of crimes like this are automatically charged as adults in Idaho. But now, Samuel’s lawyer and the ACLU&nbsp;<a href="https://acluidaho.org/aclu-of-idaho-asks-court-to-end-solitary-confinement-of-fifteen-year-old-child/" target="_blank">are trying to get him moved out of solitary confinement</a>&nbsp;at the adult county jail. They say his isolation amounts to “cruel and unusual” punishment.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:29:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17855 at http://www.kplu.org ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement Do Homeless People Need A Place To Smoke Pot So They Don't Light Up In Public? http://www.kplu.org/post/do-homeless-people-need-place-smoke-pot-so-they-dont-light-public <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160022301&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Of the 82 tickets S<span style="line-height: 1.5;">eattle police officers issued&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for public marijuana use&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in the first six months of this year, 38 of them — nearly half —</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">went to people who were probably homeless.</span></p><p>For Seattle City Council member Nick Licata, that raises a question: Don't the economically-distressed need a place to go to smoke pot legally, without doing so in public?</p><p>"What we don't want to create is a situation where we literally are giving citations away to people that are going to end up having their record affected for engaging in activity that otherwise would be legal, except that it's just done outside," Licata said.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:33:11 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17853 at http://www.kplu.org Do Homeless People Need A Place To Smoke Pot So They Don't Light Up In Public? Seattle City Light Employee Raises Workplace Safety Concerns To City Council http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-employee-raises-workplace-safety-concerns-city-council <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159997373&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>On a morning when a fire at a Seattle City Light substation knocked out power to customers including the Monorail, the utility’s CEO happened to be in city council chambers answering questions about safety.&nbsp;</p><p>Seattle City&nbsp;Council members brought&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">CEO</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Jorge </span>Carrasco<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> into an energy committee meeting to discuss a </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-ceo-apologizes-mistakes-admits-he-did-ask-raise" style="line-height: 1.5;">string of recent embarrassing news stories</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, including Seattle City Light’s effort to suppress unflattering online search results.</span></p><p>But public testimony at the meeting steered toward the issue of employee safety.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:34:36 +0000 Ashley Gross 17852 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle City Light Employee Raises Workplace Safety Concerns To City Council Inslee Says Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-says-feds-will-help-restore-power-fire-zone <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072214AJ_InsleeFires_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday President Obama has pledged immediate federal aid to help fire-swept areas of north central Washington.<p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:05:09 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17850 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Says Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone New FBI Head In Seattle Encounters Pot Smokers Near Office http://www.kplu.org/post/new-fbi-head-seattle-encounters-pot-smokers-near-office <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159871895&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>While marijuana is legal in Washington, it remains illegal under federal law.</p><p>So a recent encounter in front of the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Seattle proved a little awkward for the new special agent in charge of the Seattle division. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17843 at http://www.kplu.org Four Years After A Life-Changing Tragedy, A Pilot Meets His Rescuers http://www.kplu.org/post/four-years-after-life-changing-tragedy-pilot-meets-his-rescuers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159871551&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a thick Pacific fog, James Island completely disappears from view. But it sits just a few hundred yards from La Push, a small community on the outer edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Even with the landmark obscured by heavy gray, Lt. Lance Leone can point to where it all happened. The power lines extended out this way. The helicopter broke apart in mid-air right here. The cockpit hit the water over there.</span></p><p>Of the four on board, Leone was the only survivor of the crash. Four years later to the day, he returned to meet the people who saved him, and to tell them how the crash changed his life and ended his Coast Guard career.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 17842 at http://www.kplu.org Four Years After A Life-Changing Tragedy, A Pilot Meets His Rescuers Fun With Making Your Own Banh Mi Viet Subs And The Pickles, Too http://www.kplu.org/post/fun-making-your-own-banh-mi-viet-subs-and-pickles-too <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159868644&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>I'm a recent though enthusiastic consumer of banh mi and a longtime fan of Andrea Nguyen's superb cookbooks. Her newest, "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Banh-Handbook-Crazy-Delicious-Vietnamese/dp/160774533X">The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches,"</a>&nbsp;was just released.</p><p>That subtitle is no overstatement.&nbsp; If you're unfamiliar with banh mi (<em>bunn mee</em>) Viet sub sandwiches, it's time to try one. And what better way to get started than to make your own with the easy to follow instructions in Andrea's handbook.&nbsp; Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 17840 at http://www.kplu.org Fun With Making Your Own Banh Mi Viet Subs And The Pickles, Too Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores http://www.kplu.org/post/charter-schools-money-and-test-scores The University of Arkansas <a href="http://www.uaedreform.org/">today released</a> what it calls a "first ever" study exploring the relationship between charter school funding and student achievement. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:49:41 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 17848 at http://www.kplu.org Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles? http://www.kplu.org/post/inflation-came-low-again-are-there-bubbles Want to borrow money for a car or a home this fall?<p>Oddly enough, the interest rates available months from now for big-ticket items may be determined by the prices you pay today for everyday consumer goods. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:40:27 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 17847 at http://www.kplu.org Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles? Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question http://www.kplu.org/post/glass-or-no-glass-grill-lid-question We love cooking on our grills, especially in the summertime. Keeping the house cool and avoiding the dish pile up are two major draws – not to mention the flavor of food cooked over fire.<p>When we saw a glass-topped grill, shining like Cinderella's slipper in a YouTube <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0il1bFM0vc">video</a> posted by commercial glass maker SCHOTT, we were intrigued. But, we wondered, how the heck do you clean it?<p>First, let's back up. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:40:11 +0000 April Fulton 17846 at http://www.kplu.org Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe's, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores http://www.kplu.org/post/fruit-recall-hits-trader-joes-costco-wal-mart-stores Fears of possible listeria contamination have led to a national recall of whole peaches, nectarines and other fruits packed by a California company. No illnesses have been reported, but the Wawona Packing Co. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:39:54 +0000 Bill Chappell 17845 at http://www.kplu.org Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart http://www.kplu.org/post/flight-mh17-us-builds-its-case-plane-wreckage-reportedly-cut-apart American analysts say they've verified several pieces of evidence that show pro-Russian separatist rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to U.S. intelligence officials who briefed reporters Tuesday.<p>Here's a quick rundown of the officials' updates on what U.S. investigators have found, from notes taken by NPR's Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman:<p><ul><p><li>A U.S. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:39:29 +0000 Bill Chappell 17844 at http://www.kplu.org Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart Scientists Say Smaller 2006 Landslide Set The Stage For Oso Disaster http://www.kplu.org/post/scientists-say-smaller-2006-landslide-set-stage-oso-disaster <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159859305&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A small landslide in 2006 set the stage for the catastrophe that claimed 43 lives in Oso, Washington this past March, say a panel of scientists in a<a href="http://www.geerassociation.org/GEER_Post%20EQ%20Reports/Oso_WA_2014/GEER_Oso_Landslide_Report_low-res.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">&nbsp;federally-funded study.</a></p><p>The hills above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River had slid before, at least 15 times over the centuries, according to the study.</p><p>But one slide in particular left Oso vulnerable. In 2006, that smaller slide left a loosely-packed mass of debris perched dangerously above the Steelhead Haven development and its neighbors.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:34:30 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17839 at http://www.kplu.org Scientists Say Smaller 2006 Landslide Set The Stage For Oso Disaster Report Faults Seattle Schools For 'Lack Of Urgency' In Serving Most Vulnerable Students http://www.kplu.org/post/report-faults-seattle-schools-lack-urgency-serving-most-vulnerable-students <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159877613&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle Public Schools' efforts to educate students with disabilities of all sorts are "in need of urgent, substantial and significant improvement," <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1583136/File/Departmental%20Content/special%20education/014%2007%2021%20Combined%20_Report%20Version%208-final%20(2).pdf?sessionid=d39033e0e34bdf494f61adc8f638dba8" target="_blank">according to a scathing report released Tuesday</a>, faulting district staff from the administrative offices all the way down to individual schools.</p><p>The report itself was commissioned by the district office's special education team as part of an effort to correct, as the authors call it, "an obvious and chronic lack... of urgency" around special education — and to bring Seattle Public Schools back in the good graces of both state officials and of federal law.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:30:07 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17838 at http://www.kplu.org Report Faults Seattle Schools For 'Lack Of Urgency' In Serving Most Vulnerable Students